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Knossos Archaeological Site

KNOSOS, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #7 of 30 attractions in Heraklion
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Chester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Wonderful to see the ruins of this long lost minoan civilisation. The ruined palace is beautifully preserved, showing the palace structure as it once was. There are many information boards around the palace with details about each room and the restoration work that has been done. A guide is available for 10 euro per person but you have to have... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This place brings alive the history of Crete back to the Minoans of 4,000 years ago. When you think of Crete being the "birthplace" of Zeus and other Greek gods it allows you to hearken back to what you read in your school books. A must see while on this beautiful Greek Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It is really amazing to see the remainings of the Minoan civilization. Incredible knowledge, culture and arts, thousands years before!!! Once in Heraklion, visiting Knossos is definitely a must!!!!

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Heraklion, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete and one of the most impressive and significant in Greece, if not in the entire Mediterranean region. Partly reconstituted using modern material, it may not be a faithful representation of exactly what the palace was like in Minoan times but surely is a good attempt and well worth the visit... More

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

One of the best examples of Minoan art and easy to depict. Evans' reconstruction might be controversial but it's really helpful in order to figure out how the palace was 4000 years ago!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

When we were in Crete, we decided to go see this since there really isn't much to see in Crete at least where we were staying. I believe it took 15-20 minutes from the center of Heraklion. We didn't have a tour guide but you really don't need one. Everything in the ruins is quite interesting like the paintings and... More

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Agios Nikolaos, Crete
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

It really is worth going to Knossos while in Eastern Grete. There are many guided tours, but if you have a hire car, I would suggest goinbg under your own steam - you can take your time exploring the site; buy a guide book and spend longer on the areas you want to know more about. You also see areas... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a popular attraction in Crete. It took us about 3 hours to arrive with the bus from Chania. It was very interesting and our tour guide was very informative.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

A well signposted and easy attraction to find. We drove easily from Elounda and parked easily. This is a popular attraction but is on a very large site, so most of the time you can wander around with little issue. There were a couple of queues for rooms, that we skipped as we couldn't be bothered to wait. A lot... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We took the city bus that leaves from the intercity bus station (They call it the blue bus). We were at the site right after opening. There was an interesting sign near the ticket office suggesting that you check the change you get back carefully! It turned out to be useful! Count your money carefully. We felt we did not... More

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